Merck Forest Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dorset, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.
Merck Forest has a great system of trails, Antone Mountain has nice views from the summit, and there are several other trails that have nice views of the valleys to the east and west. Some of the trails are quite challenging. There are also a number of educational offerings focusing on maple syruping, farming and there are plenty of livestock to watch. There are also nice rustic cabins and a lodge to rent. Great place to spend a day.
Gorgeous view from Mount Antone overlook.
All of Merck Forest and Farmland Center's trails are open year-round for hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Our trail system, with over 30 miles of trails on 3,100 acres of land, is well-marked, and the trail terrain is variable: some loops cover easy-to-moderate terrain (great options for family treks), while other trails are steeper and rocky (more-suited to the experienced hiker). Many trails go through the forest, around the farm, travel along streams, and include beautiful views of the Taconic and Adirondack Mountains.
the visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the staff is always friendly and helpful with trail recommendations.